Econometrics of Impact Evaluation

Using statistical tools to build what-if scenarios and estimate causal effects.

This course is an overview of econometric techniques that enable you to tease out causal effects using large scale micro data by building appropriate counterfactual scenarios. The objective is to understand each technique, its limitations, and suitability (or unsuitability) in different contexts. We apply the techniques to real world settings, especially to evaluate contemporary public programmes in India. You will develop the ability to choose the appropriate technique to answer a question about causal effects, and evaluate and critique methods used in empirical research. Many donor agencies and governments are keen to conduct high quality impact evaluation and this course is useful for those students who want to enter the development sector for evidence-based policy making.